On Aug. 1 View ran an article titled "Adventurer Devotes Energy to Anti-Communist Causes" by Paul Dean. Then, on Aug. 25, View published a letter titled, "Of Contras and Freedom Fighters" from a gentleman (Richard Green of Garden Grove) who took issue with the Aug. 1 article; indeed, the gentleman went so far as to assert, "There are no Soviet troops in Central America." Maybe so. But what about the Soviet tanks and arms in Central America?
Moving to Nicaragua, let's not forget about the hundreds of "engineers" and "construction workers" from such peace-loving nations as Libya and East Germany who just happen to be there!
Concerning the government of Afghanistan, the gentleman letter-writer further made an extraordinary attempt to bestow legitimacy to it. In fact, the government of Afghanistan is neither effective nor respected by its own people, who are fiercely independent and who resent their Soviet puppets (the government) with a passion.
The Soviet Union, after all, isn't rolling her tanks and troops into Afghanistan just for the fun of it, is she? Of course not! It's no joke; hundreds and hundreds of little boys and girls in Afghanistan are getting their fingers chopped off because they happen to pick up miniature "toy" planes (explosives) that the Soviets drop from their helicopters!